Peanuts n Pepsi

An old friend from North Carolina reminded me recently about an ol’southern tradition.   First – get an ice cold Pepsi in a glass bottle—- put in a handful of regular salted peanuts –after they settle on the bottom and a few swallows later a couple will come out while you are drinking— the taste is an original southern desert!   One that even Barbara Mandrell sang about.  Bottoms up y’all!  Enjoy!


Spring in Oregon can be anything.

We have had the most amazing spring here in Oregon this year.  However yesterday the weather seemed to turn to the more typical rain.  I welcomed the rain, even welcomed the chilly weather and threw the winter blankets back on all the beds…. and for dinner, I created the perfect soup to complement the weather.   Here is a favorite of mine.

Creamy Potato & Bacon Soup


P.S. – the sun is back today and I’m re-packing those winter blankets…again.

Cooking Club


 Here is the menu from our cooking club last night.

This is what happens when a group of neighbors get together once a month and cook.  Except it’s not quite that easy.  (Especially if it happens to be your month).  You see each member gets a month in the year and they create a dinner for the other eleven members.  It is such a treat for us and we all love the idea because once a year you work your butt off to plan a meal, prepare all the fixin’s, clean your house and entertain the other eleven members, who arrive relax, socialize and eat.  Then the other eleven months of the year you get to ride the wave and eat amazing home cooked meals.  It’s an “invitation only” kind of club with a maximum of 12 members.  (No one wants to cook for more than 12).  We all love food, like to cook and enjoy entertaining.  So it seems to work as we move into our second year.  Thank you Stafford Cooking Club and thank you Heidi for a wonderful dinner last night.April Cooking Club